Sporting WCA

Varsity Hockey Stitches Together a Draw

The Westminster Varsity Hockey team is not a fan of losing streaks. In the the Cat’s busy beginning of December, the team clawed out a draw and win at Seckman and Oakville (4-4 and 4-3), but fell short at Eureka. A conference rivalry game, no one took the loss at Eureka lightly. The Wildcats knew they would be in for a tough game on Monday, and battled hard to tie Lindbergh 2-2.

The first period was a boring period. Neither team had any initiative to score, resulting in a period of mostly defensive plays. The middle of the ice was extremely clogged and very few clear chances were produced.

The Wildcats found their stride in the second. Extended periods of possession in the Flyer’s zone tired out their defense, and the Cats soon capitalized. A tic-tac-toe passing play between seniors Willie Canfield and Gannon Mcward led to a tip in goal from junior Jason Kelly. Westminster continued to create chances, but an untimely penalty cost them. Half way through the period, Lindbergh scored on the power play to tie the game at one apiece. Both teams had their chances to take the lead, but the period ended at one all.

The Wildcats continued to be tenacious on both ends of the ice in the third. Minutes into the period, a Flyer giveaway have the Cats a great counterattacking chance, and they took lead via the potential goal of the season. Crisp passing between freshman Cole Mcward and Kelly setup freshman Jack Canfield in the slot, who emphatically finished to give the Cats the lead. The Westminster defense buckled down afterwards, but a late giveaway resulted in the Flyers tying the game. Lindbergh almost came away with the win with under a minute to go, but senior goaltender Scott Caldwell provides key saves to save a valuable point for the Wildcats.